Konstantinos Kanaris (1793-1877) was born in Psara Island. His name became associated with the most important feats of war at sea during Hellenic revolution.
From the very beginning, in 1821, participated with his crew and the fleet of Psara in operations along the coasts of Asia Minor, very soon he specialized in fireships, under the influence of Papanikolis.
Among numerous heroic fireship operations, Kanaris and Andreas Pipinos managed to burn the Ottoman flagship off Chios (in July 1822) with Dimitrios Vratsanos he managed to blow up the vice-admiral flagship Riala-Gemisi (in October 1822). Besides his participation in many naval battles, he also involved actively in the politics of the newborn country.
After the end of the War of Independence, he offered his services to first governor Kapodistrias and King Otho. In his political career he once assumed the duties of Minister of Naval Affairs and five times assumed the duties of Prime Minister of Greece.